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South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
+1 803-898-4921
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Nice facility average content

Tries to show items relevant to South Carolina, like first SC in space. Large doesn't equal... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
richard s
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Bradenton, Florida
this place is huge

This museum has 4 floors that takes you through the history of South Carolina from pre-historic... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cheryl h
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Durham, North Carolina
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The South Carolina State Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory. The State Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum in the state, is located along the banks of the Congaree River in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“four floors” (18 reviews)
“south carolina” (62 reviews)
“cotton mill” (14 reviews)
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301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
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+1 803-898-4921
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"four floors"
in 18 reviews
"south carolina"
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"cotton mill"
in 14 reviews
"natural history"
in 11 reviews
"civil war"
in 33 reviews
"great gift shop"
in 10 reviews
"confederate relic room"
in 12 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 13 reviews
"all ages"
in 27 reviews
"learn something"
in 6 reviews
"on display"
in 16 reviews
"solar eclipse"
in 6 reviews
"old mill"
in 7 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 13 reviews
"planetarium"
in 100 reviews
"telescope"
in 42 reviews
"dinosaurs"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Tries to show items relevant to South Carolina, like first SC in space. Large doesn't equal excellent. Boring, when you think back nothing much to remember. Strong arms companies for donations.

Thank richard s
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has 4 floors that takes you through the history of South Carolina from pre-historic times to present. It's the largest museum in the southeast with over 100,000 square feet. It has a digital dome planetarium, a 4D theater, the Crescent Cafe, an art...More

Thank cheryl h
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great experience. We only gave ourselves a couple hours and it was a lot to take in during that time plus it downpoured while we were inside so they had to close the observatory but the gentleman gave us a thorough demonstration...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a laser presentation in the "dome" is great. The description of black holes was very informative and easy to follow.

Thank Vince S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the South Carolina State Museum with the intention of primarily visiting the Confederate Relic Museum as I am studying the Civil War as part of my degree. On arrival we saw the ticket counter and we bought tickets for the museum without realising...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was my sister in law birthday and we had a wonderful time. Great things to see and it was Amazing. I was comfortable with the environment and the staff. Great things to see and do.. Love it!!!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to learn the history and a little bit of everything else about South Carolina, this is the place. I personally spent hours in this museum and still didn't see everything up close. 4 floors of everything SC. There are other things to...More

Thank Robert A
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Slightly damp and miserable day in a break from the "Master" smashing building full to the rafters with wonderful displays on three different levels, all easily accessible, from early settlers right through to modern science innovations and space travels, fun interactive displays for the kids...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

We had a free day and decided to visit the State Museum. It's very well done and filled with lots of interesting displays and information. My favorite was the fourth floor, but the whole museum is fascinating.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

This is a very nice museum. There are four floors each specializing in a different time in history. I found it interesting that the museum is housed in an old cotton mill. I liked the fourth floor best. The exhibits are done well and appear...More

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tadams75
6 June 2017|
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Response from ZeldaMcSC | Reviewed this property |
Yes. FYI, Admission to the Civil War relics room and the downstairs gallery is free.
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Mari806
23 May 2017|
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Response from sam n | Reviewed this property |
There is a package that we got when went that included the main museums and attractions. I seem to remember that if you wanted to see more than 3 of the offered attractions the package became worthwhile.
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David H
20 January 2017|
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Response from stanley824 | Reviewed this property |
There are interactive exhibits at the museum for children. If at child is at the age of five, it would a fun visit. Edventure is a great for younger children. A lot of interactive activities at Edventure and children can be... More
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